On 5th June, 2016, after some preparation and planning, Jolly was loaded up and fuelled ready to head off on our 10-night Jurassic Adventure.
The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site on the English Channel coast of Southern England. It stretches a distance of 95 miles from Orcombe Point near Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in East Dorset. The coastline reveals 185 million years of our Earth’s history through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. We planned on covering the majority of the coast, from it’s Eastern-most point near Swanage to Seaton towards the West.
Jurassic Coast map
It was a 300-mile journey to Part 1 of our Adventure, our first destination being Corfe Castle on the Isle of Purbeck, not an actual island but a peninsula in Dorset noted for its spectacular cliffs and land-forms, which include Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Corfe Castle is the name given to the village as well as the Castle itself (built by William the Conqueror and dating back to the 11th Century).
We had a clear run down, arriving in good time to glorious sunshine as we checked into Corfe Castle Camping & Caravanning Club Site. With the sun beating down and a sunny pitch allocated we thought it only appropriate that we set up and sit out for a few hours rest after the journey and to allow time to take in the scenic woodland setting of our home for the next 3 days & nights.
Jolly pitched up in the sunshine
We later had a walk into the village of Corfe Castle, an approx. 20 minute countryside walk from site mostly downhill.
Walk into the village
There are a number of shops, cafes and pubs in the village and we enjoyed a drink in The Greyhound before a lovely evening meal at the 16th Century Bankes Arms Hotel. Both great pubs with friendly and welcoming locals.
Corfe Castle Village map
The castle silhouette from the village centre
Sunset in the village
During our stay at Corfe Castle we enjoyed excellent weather and so jumped on our bikes for a day, initially intending to cycle the leisurely 5.5 mile Rempstone Short Loop. However, after finding the directions for this a little confusing and the ride not the most inspiring, we made up our own route. Not before having to negotiate a field containing a bull though. Suzie’s never cycled so fast!
We eventually ended up further afield than originally planned at Knoll Beach at Studland Bay, which is a beautiful area to spend some time and was well worth the effort.
Knoll Beach, Studland Bay
Refreshments at Knoll Beach before the return ride
On our return journey we had a bizarre encounter on the cycle path with a naked rambler …
THE Naked Rambler?
Another full day was spent on a trip to Swanage. We travelled to Swanage on the preserved steam railway from the quaint old-fashioned station at Corfe Castle which itself takes you back in time and also houses a small museum.
Travel back in time at Corfe Castle railway station
Swanage is a traditional Victorian seaside town with the attractions you would expect from such a resort, including a blue flag beach.
We took a boat trip along the coast into Poole Harbour, which allowed us to take in the famous landmark that is Old Harry Rocks, the first major point of interest on the eastern side of the Jurassic Coast. The weather was kind and the view of these chalk stack formations was pretty impressive.
Old Harry Rocks
The boat trip also took us past Sandbanks which crosses the mouth of Poole Harbour. Sandbanks apparently has, by area, the fourth highest land value in the world, the properties here, therefore, being popular with the rich & famous. We didn’t have time to explore Poole Harbour but it looked well worth a visit – maybe next time.
All in all a great part 1 of Joly’s Jurassic adventure! Our next stop was an overnight seaview stay at Durdle Door, near Lulworth. ONWARD!>>>>
Suzie & Bri